Armia agreed to a two-year, $5.2 million contract with the Canadiens on Thursday.
Armia filed for arbitration last week, but after a career-best season in 2018-19, Montreal was motivated to secure the wing on a new deal before it came to that. Armia scored a career-high 13 goals and added 10 assists for a total of 23 points.
Armia filed for arbitration ahead of Friday's deadline.
Armia collected 23 points in 57 contests with the Canadiens in 2018-19. The Finn must now work with Montreal on a long-term deal or risk having his fate decided by a neutral third party.
Armia will not be allowed to become an unrestricted free agent July 1 and will be back with Montreal next season, according to general manager Marc Bergevin.
Armia was pretty much a lock to receive a qualifying offer, allowing the two sides more time to work out a longer term deal. While the winger served primarily in a bottom-six role, he continues to see time on the power play, where he registered six of his 23 points for the Habs last season.
Armia potted a goal in Tuesday's win over the Lightning.
Armia picked up the rebound off his own shot, and although he was below the goal line, he fired a shot off Edward Pasquale's mask and into the net to tie the game 2-2. The 25-year-old now has a career-high 13 goals with two of those coming on the power play.
Armia scored the game-winning goal on a power play and added an assist in Thursday's 4-0 win over the Islanders.
Armia opened the scoring with his first power-play goal of the season, scoring with just seven seconds remaining in the opening period. Because of Carey Price's shutout, Armia's goal would wind being the game-winner in this one, giving the Finn two "pivotal" goals in 2018-19. Before Thursday's performance, Armia had gone eight games without recording a point.
Armia scored three goals in Friday's 4-2 win over the Rangers.
It's his first NHL hat trick, not surprising for a player with only 10 goals on the season and 36 in 220 career NHL games. Armia's checking-line role doesn't provide him with much of a fantasy ceiling, so even though he's lit the lamp four times in the last two games, don't expect his scoring outburst to last much longer.
Armia scored an even-strength goal on four shots in Tuesday's 8-1 win over Detroit.
With the even-strength tally, Armia was able to push his point total up to 14 in 39 games. The 25-year-old has averaged 2.6 shots per game but has averaged just 12 seconds of power-play ice time in his last five games, which limits his fantasy potential.
Armia had a team-high six shots along with four hits and 5:52 of power-play ice time in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to Toronto.
Armia is among Montreal's shot leaders, tied for second with 2.7 shots per game, but he gets an inordinate amount of power-play time for a player without a man-advantage goal in 211 career games. He's averaging a career-high 2:32 of PPTOI/G and was on the ice when Montreal had a golden opportunity -- a power play that extended into the overtime stanza -- while Brendan Gallagher, Andrew Shaw and Jesperi Kotkaniemi sat on the bench. Coach Claude Julien cited Armia's big body and ability to retrieve pucks to Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette, which is true, but his track record on the power play doesn't support the decision to have him out there in a 4-on-3 situation.
Armia scored two goals in Friday's 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets.
Tomas Tatar scored the Habs' first two goals of the evening, and then Armia put the game away with two late tallies in the third period, one of them into an empty net. The 25-year-old now has three goals and five points through nine games since returning from a nearly two-month absence due to a knee injury, a pace he might be able to keep up in the second half if he can stay healthy.
Armia scored a goal on three shots, blocked a shot and delivered one hit over a season-high 19:43 of ice time in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Red Wings.
Armia's wrister from just inside the faceoff circle beat Jimmy Howard glove-side to give Montreal a 2-0 lead in the second period. It was his first goal since returning from a lengthy stay on injured reserve, and it comes after he was promoted to Montreal's top line, hence the season-high TOI. He was promoted to help Max Domi and Jonathan Drouin break out of their recent doldrums, which could also enhance Armia's scoring opportunities.
Armia finished Thursday's 2-0 win over Vancouver with an assist.
Armia missed 25 games with a knee injury but wasted little time making an impact in his return, assisting on Montreal's opening and eventual game-winning goal. With eight points in 16 games, the Finnish winger, in terms of points per game, is enjoying the best campaign of his career.
Armia (knee) will return to the lineup Thursday against the Canucks, John Lu of TSN.ca reports.
Armia is slated to work on the third line alongside Artturi Lehkonen and Jesperi Kotkaniemi after missing nearly two months due to a knee issue. The 25-year-old got off to a strong start prior to the injury, posting seven points -- three goals and four assists -- through 15 contests. Although it's a small sample size, the rate would have put him on pace for the best output of his career.
Armia skated on the third line at Wednesday's practice and could return Thursday against Vancouver, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Armia filled in for Andrew Shaw, who was held out of practice due to an upper-body injury. Armia has participated in two full practices while taking contact, so a return Thursday is plausible.
Armia (knee) took contact at Monday's morning skate and could return to the lineup Thursday against Vancouver, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Armia rejoined his teammates at practice last week, but Monday's was his first session with contact. Coach Claude Julien said the team will evaluate the 25-year-old forward back in Montreal on Wednesday before making a decision about his availability.
Armia (lower body) is not expected to dress during the Habs' three-game road trip, NHL.com reports.
Armia has already missed the last 22 games due to his lower-body issue and is set to be sidelined for three more. Once cleared to play, the winger figures to slot back into a bottom-six role, but perhaps more importantly, he should resume his role on the penalty kill and power play.
Armia (lower body) practiced with teammates for the first time since suffering a right knee injury Nov. 6, Dan Braverman of the Canadiens' official site reports.
Armia then joined his teammates on the flight to Florida and will be in the house for Friday night's game against the Panthers. The forward is nearing his targeted return date and could suit up at some point over the upcoming three-game road odyssey.
Armia (lower body) skated Thursday for the first time since suffering an injury in early November, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Armia got on the ice with Montreal's training staff following the team's morning skate. He has missed five weeks and is closing in on the original 6-to-8 week timeline for return. The fifth-year forward could be back by the end of December. Armia had three goals and four assists in 15 games before getting injured.
Armia is expected to be sidelined for 6-to-8 weeks due to a knee injury.
The MRI that Armia underwent evidently revealed a significant injury, as he'll now be on the shelf until late December at a minimum. The 25-year-old winger's lengthy absence will test Montreal's depth up front, but it shouldn't impact many fantasy lineups, as he doesn't have enough offensive upside to be considered a desirable option in most formats. The Finnish forward will undoubtedly be placed on injured reserve for the duration of his recovery.
Armia (lower body) and the Canadiens are waiting for the results of the winger's MRI.
Armia's already been ruled out for Thursday night's home game against the Sabres, but when it comes to a concrete return timeline for the depth scorer, a lot hinges on the results of the latest medical report. Either way, this news won't affect many fantasy owners since Armia's widely considered a replacement-level commodity as the owner of seven points through 15 games this season.
Armia (lower body) will not be in the lineup versus Buffalo on Thursday, John Lu of TSN.ca reports.
Prior to getting hurt, Armia was off to a strong start to the season, as he has notched three goals and four assists through the first 15 games, putting him on pace to break his career high set last season (29 points). The club has not provided an update on the 25-year-old's status, so for now, fantasy owners should probably consider him day-to-day. With the winger unavailable, the club recalled Kenny Agostino from the minors, and Agostino will immediately jump into a third-line role for Thursday's game.
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